Questions tagged [project-management]

Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking it on our sister site Project Management Stack Exchange instead.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-4 votes
2 answers
360 views

Overprovisioned teams in services companies

Is it common for managers to pack more engineers into a team than there are tickets to solve in the pipeline in order to generate contests and pit engineers against eachother and get better delivery ...
wsdookadr's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
312 views

Requesting signed feedback form from end-client

I'm working in the following setup: Me -> A -> B. Where A is a services company and B is the end-client (a product company). There are multiple providers for A in the same team, I'm one of them. ...
wsdookadr's user avatar
  • 101
4 votes
4 answers
2k views

Manager implied that I should be pushing a colleague to get work done faster. Do I tell the colleague?

Same manager as my previous post. My colleague and I are working on the same project, and we are at the same level in the org chart (in fact, we are in the same role), but he is newer to the ...
work572's user avatar
  • 701
-2 votes
1 answer
338 views

Popularize high priority initiative with senior folks from other departments

If I wish to popularize a high priority initiative of my department with senior folks from other departments, then what should I do? My manager is not keen on me reaching out and holding meetings with ...
Sant N's user avatar
  • 11
-3 votes
1 answer
279 views

How to get commissions owed if contract was breached by owner [closed]

My firm was contracted to open a used car dealership. Took me 5 months to open the dealership due to previous owner being non-compliant within the City. Owner was impressed, as others had tried to ...
Soulful's user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
1k views

How to handle a request of quantitative benefit analysis from top management where only a qualitative statement can be made?

Some months ago, I took over the project management (together with a collegue from engineering, my responsibility is the scope of operations) for a project from a colleague who had left. The project ...
Jan_B's user avatar
  • 215
-1 votes
2 answers
371 views

Is there a common name for the document for new project requirements?

I would like to push in our company so any new project goes with a document stating things in the line of: Economic savings of the new project Saving in working hours of the new project This idea of ...
aseques's user avatar
  • 109
3 votes
5 answers
2k views

How to push back against HR if I feel their proposed means of conflict of interest mitigation is untenable in long run?

From my most recent question, I am a manager with about 10 years of experience, working in a company with a matrix management structure in which team members also have a PM for a secondary manager. I ...
Anthony's user avatar
  • 20.7k
37 votes
8 answers
15k views

Brought on to failing project and might lose job

Original Question I work as a backend software developer for a tech company. This company has a multi-million dollar project that is at least three years underway. The project is supposed to go live ...
Groger's user avatar
  • 935
-4 votes
3 answers
250 views

Discover all possible stakeholders in a pile of (legacy) systems

I have been assigned a team that seems to have been "abandoned" in the following sense: Hadn't had a direct manager for a long time and has been getting more and more responsibilities of ...
smith's user avatar
  • 2,218
2 votes
2 answers
375 views

How to handle merging separate expert teams while avoiding bus factor?

When there is a situation that 2 small teams merge to form a bigger one, in the start there will be within the team two different sets of domain experts. This situation has the advantage that specific ...
smith's user avatar
  • 2,218
4 votes
1 answer
511 views

How to learn non-technical skills (business & soft skills)?

2 years ago, I moved from tech lead in a team of 4 devs at a smallish startup to a big financial company with a completely different landscape (like enterprise IT) and different technology. I'm 55 y.o....
Glasnhost's user avatar
  • 159
0 votes
1 answer
313 views

How to maintain accountability on scheduling without micromanaging?

See title. Description below. I am the project leader for a research effort with a small team (< 10 people), with a multi-year schedule. One of the things I do when communicating with my team, ...
iwantmyphd's user avatar
  • 1,685
1 vote
2 answers
616 views

Conveying to manager about bereavement affected work

Over the weekend I was supposed to give an important last piece of work that was on me, but while working I got news of my dad's sister passing away and I couldn't believe it. It impacted daily life ...
localhost's user avatar
  • 405
5 votes
5 answers
2k views

How to preserve professionalism in a difficult environment

I work as software engineer in a pretty young company (5 years old) and I'm making a lot of errors that can ruin my career. Until some months ago everything was great: the compensation is just ok. We ...
lorenzo's user avatar
  • 169
10 votes
3 answers
2k views

As the Big Boss does not trust the PM or myself and the project may be in jeopardy, how can we improve the situation?

TL;DR: The Department Director doesn't trust/believe myself or the Program Manager and is actively demeaning (though possibly out of ignorance rather than true malice), and this is putting the project ...
Lost'n'Confused's user avatar
-4 votes
6 answers
724 views

How should a project manager tell his team that there are too many bugs?

I remembered that our project manager told us that we had too many bugs in our products and he got into problems because of it, and he let us know about our frustration and even went as far as to ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 993
-2 votes
4 answers
675 views

How should you deal with a project manager who tries to have it his way even when it's against the company best interest?

How should you deal with a project manager who tries to have it his way even when it's against the company best interests? I am not sure if I am crazy, but I had this project manager argue against me ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 993
10 votes
5 answers
627 views

Dealing with anxiety when taking on large scope projects

I’m a software engineer. I’m self-taught and I’ve been working with moderate success for a while. I’ve reached a level of seniority in my career where I’m required to take on ‘ownership’ of large, ...
more rock's user avatar
  • 158
0 votes
3 answers
469 views

Duplicate project activities in corporate R&D

I work for a large corporate providing HW/SW that often lacks alignment between sites across the world. In the past three years I was fortunate enough to be allocated to a corporate project where we ...
Eventide00's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
810 views

How do I manage effectively experienced (senior) specialists?

I was always working with team of juniors developers or software engineers, where I was always the smartest person in the room. Now I'm the dumber, I'm working with senior developers or subject matter ...
ARisseu's user avatar
  • 63
26 votes
13 answers
9k views

How to handle a client telling you about future plans and asking you to (temporarily) keep them secret from your hierarchy?

(This is in a B2B context, so "client" here means a company's representative.) I have a very good working relationship with my client, even if we've been working together only for about a ...
DevAir1's user avatar
  • 366
-1 votes
2 answers
390 views

I currently have no work assigned for the past week, what to do? [duplicate]

My company recently hired a new Project Manager and he has been pushing the scrum ideology. While this is great, another junior and I have not been assigned any other tickets for the past week. During ...
Wojtek322's user avatar
  • 521
10 votes
1 answer
3k views

Leading a two people project, I feel like the other person isn't pulling their weight or is actively silently quitting or obstructing it

I was put in charge of a non-trivial project that requires me and another medior/senior engineer, I don't think it matters but we are talking about embedded systems. I was explicitly defined as the ...
Randi Giannimo's user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
1k views

Handling Protective Overworked Employee

I am a middle manager at a company and we have a developer who works on our site. He does not report to me. He is overworked and upper management doesn't want to hire someone to help him, but at the ...
John Kelly's user avatar
-2 votes
3 answers
577 views

Is it rude for coworkers to ignore your idea?

You join a team to help them with the project. This is a team that is outside of your main responsibilities. Your boss tells you it's a good project since it's in the early stages and you can ...
user173729's user avatar
3 votes
7 answers
2k views

Should I tell my IT manager there is a team member looking for a new job?

I am a team leader of a software development team. There are 2 developers on the team. Before my new Leader position, the two developers and I had to report directly to the IT manager. I knew that one ...
user avatar
-2 votes
2 answers
805 views

Group of friends project % split problem

Recently me with a group of friends (group of 3) have started a web page, we have decided that the % (future benefits and expenses) of the project will be 42.5%/42.5%/15%, despite the fact that the ...
Erik's user avatar
  • 21
37 votes
6 answers
18k views

Should I tell my boss that I am doing a crazy amount of overtime?

I work at a big tech company as an individual contributor. We are approaching an important launch where I'm playing a key role. There is no strict deadline, but I'd like to make sure it's finished ...
HarryJ's user avatar
  • 389
2 votes
2 answers
1k views

How to deal with an inflexible and difficult project lead

Alright, I work as a Data Scientist and here goes my situation. About a month and half ago, I was 'pulled into' an ongoing project led by a Mechanical Engineer also a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in ...
chupa_kabra's user avatar
-2 votes
2 answers
829 views

I was offered a project management job recently but I realized the products they are building do not have market value, how can I handle this?

The product they are building is for the healthcare system with the major target on healthcare workers. They are focused on communication, collaboration and scheduling.
Nurudeen Ajani's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
933 views

I feel like I was set up for disaster, multi-year project at first job is doomed. Advice?

Throwaway and some generalized details for obvious reasons. But the gist of it is, I was hired as a developer for a non-tech company as one of its first members in that department(no other tech roles)....
mythrowaway2022's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
834 views

Dealing With Secretive Project

I have been assigned to work on a project that will become Program v2.0. I'm not going into what exactly "Program v2.0" is but as the name implies, it's a completely new version and will ...
SameOldNick's user avatar
20 votes
7 answers
10k views

How should my company deal with contractors that ignore our technical guidance?

I'm a senior software engineer that works in a small group (4 other colleagues and one immediate manager to us). For an R&D project, we work with a contractor to develop some software tools and do ...
Mithridates the Great's user avatar
-4 votes
3 answers
714 views

As the project manager, what to do when an engineer decided on 'wrong' decision?

I'm new as a consultant and project manager. In my role as I understood it, I was not responsible (or even has the right) to decide on technical decision, it was engineer's. I only know a little bit, ...
Vylix's user avatar
  • 1,330
1 vote
2 answers
849 views

In a Scrum shop who calls the deployment?

Imagine a Scrum team with a canonical sprint of 2 weeks. The product could be anything - backend, frontend, mobile, PC game etc. The devs write code and unit test it. So each knows their end of the ...
Vorac's user avatar
  • 608
6 votes
5 answers
2k views

The Dreaded project X

There's this project the place I work at, let's call it Project X for short. Everyone who's been on that project ends up leaving the company for one reason or another. I've been on it at one point, ...
TheM00s3's user avatar
  • 689
4 votes
2 answers
395 views

What are common practices for syncing Engineering with Design?

At my last job, I led a team that was building an iOS app from scratch. We (the engineers) worked closely with a Design team. The two teams struggled to sync their work. Design would produce UI mocks ...
Sean Langhi's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
1k views

Brought on as a senior dev /tech lead, project manager sees differently. How do I make this job work?

I was rehired in a senior dev role to lead a small team for a company I use to work for. I worked for them for 6 years as a senior dev, a few years ago. However, the new project manager doesn't see me ...
Marie's user avatar
  • 61
-4 votes
1 answer
127 views

Developer Workflow Management [closed]

So I'm currently working alone on my software project and I was thinking about getting some people to work with me. Now my question is based on security but also accessibility. How can I manage the ...
Aqua's user avatar
  • 1
8 votes
2 answers
3k views

Contract with specific end date but need to complete project [closed]

I am working as a paid intern on a project and my contract states it ends at the end of the month. It also states it is my job to prepare a project to be published. I am struggling with the topic I am ...
Amarillo45's user avatar
1 vote
5 answers
2k views

Is it okay to leave job without notice if the contract ends?

I am working on a project and my contract only lasts for a few more weeks and so it is unlikely to be finished by that point. Working from home has been really tough for me and I’m not enjoying it. I ...
Amarillo45's user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
322 views

Budget responsibility in IT and cloud [closed]

At least in Germany, for years I have observed that "IT budget responsibility" has been an element for more senior people/management(-like) positions. Now within a cloud, every user can see ...
J. Doe's user avatar
  • 361
1 vote
2 answers
306 views

Is stakeholder management listed or inferred?

I have worked multiple times in technical projects that I was responsible for the successful synchronisation of all parties and update on progress. Basically I managed all the stakeholders. My ...
smith's user avatar
  • 2,218
1 vote
2 answers
348 views

How to provide help to Technical Product Manager with regards to filtering incoming requirements

TLDR: Working in Switzerland, in a company writing software with long time support and continuous improvement (support more than ten years). How can you provide all the necessary tools to the (...
han 's user avatar
  • 11
-4 votes
2 answers
806 views

Our designer refuses to work because of job official title [closed]

Our game contains comics to tell part of the story, and our comic designer says that he is not responsible for designing the characters inside the comics because it is the job of the character ...
Kinan GH's user avatar
1 vote
7 answers
1k views

When the PM asks about a task they know you are not working on

This question was migrated from Software Engineering SE. Software project, small team (<5 people). Line of business Web application, mostly maintenance work. JIRA for the issue tracker. A developer ...
Seva Alekseyev's user avatar
19 votes
6 answers
7k views

I feel like I'm thinking alone on a team-based project, while other members just follows what I said without any input. What should I do?

I feel like the team members that I work with seems to be just nodding automatically to what I say. Yes, I'm assigned as the project leader, but I don't expect that all my suggestion to be followed ...
el-cheapo's user avatar
  • 974
5 votes
4 answers
644 views

How do I enforce process without support from management or peers?

How do I say yes to "Do I really have to file a ticket ?" without support from management or even QA team ? I'm a team lead for a software development team. I have a product manager that ...
mostafawornout's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
636 views

What to do on a team where most people are focused on covering their ass?

For example, the product owner badly misunderstood something and the senior developer didnt try and correct the misunderstanding but just repeated what he said and wrote it down. We seem to have a ...
Dunk's user avatar
  • 91

1
2 3 4 5
10